Jar of Love Shaker Card

Jar of Love Shaker Card

When the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog first arrived, I did not think I would buy the Jar of Love/Everyday Jars Thinlits bundle. But my downline, Dina Merchant, helped me see the possibilities of this bundle. Thanks, Dina!

This bundle is perfect for shaker cards and the saying “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti” inspired me to make this card. I had also purchased the Sprinkles punch at OnStage Live and was happy to use it finally. The Foam Adhesive Strips make shaker cardmaking a snap. Check out all the stamps you get with this Jar of Love stamp set:

Jar of Love stamp set

You can order the supplies I used to make this card by clicking on the images below. They are linked to the item number in my online store.

Have you received your copy of the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog? If not, contact me! I’d love to have a conversation on how I can give you one totally free.

My Father’s Day Card

Handmade Father's Day Card using the Wetlands stamp

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. I created this Father’s Day card for my husband. The Wetlands stamp set is one of my favorites and when I saw this beautiful designer series paper from the new Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, I knew I needed to use that stamp set! I used the Hello You Thinlit dies and the Crazy About You stamp set for the greeting. This card was so easy to put together since the beautiful background was all done for me on the designer series paper. Both of these stamp sets and the Hello You Thinlits are carryovers from last year’s annual catalog. That makes me really happy!

You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below to go to each item in my online store. Remember that for each $50 you order in one order, you can check off a box on my Customer Appreciation Tracker to earn $45 in free product from me. Check it out here.

 

Sweet Escape in a Box

Banner for Paper Pumpkin One Day Sale

Have you been thinking about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin? Then NOW is the time. This is a one day deal which ends at midnight Friday night. Here are a couple of details:

  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only. Discount applies to one kit for June 2016. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • Offer starts on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Watch this video to learn more about Paper Pumpkin and then go to www.paperpumpkin.com to subscribe. Be sure to list me as your demo. Thanks!

Father’s Day Card using Botanical Blooms

Father's Day card using Botannical Blooms and Crazy About You stamp sets

As coordinator of the SUDSOL Design Challenge, I posted the challenge of creating a Father’s Day card using a floral stamp set. Let me say right now that I had a struggle with this challenge myself. I ended up using the leaf stamp and the background stamp from the Botanical Blooms stamp set to make the backgrounds of this card. The greeting is from the Crazy About You stamp set.

I wanted a gold border around the greeting so I cut out the label shape from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits twice, once from Whisper White cardstock and once from Gold Foil paper. When you cut the label out of the foil paper, you end up with an embossed line around the opening. I cut on this line with my paper snips to get the frame. A strip of Gold Foil paper covers the seam between the two backgrounds. You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below.

I was delighted to see that both of these sets are in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Have you seen it yet? I love the cover and am so excited about the exciting new products in the catalog. You can download the catalog here or better yet, contact me so I can send you your own copy to hold in your hands and pour over many times.

Front cover of 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

The New 2016-2017 Annual Catalog Goes Live Soon

Front cover of 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

This exciting and lovely 2016-2017 Annual Catalog goes live next Wednesday. You will be able to download it online through my online store beginning June 1st but you really need to hold it in your hands, pour over the wonderful artwork and samples, and take it to bed with you for bedtime reading.

I am ready to mail one to you for free but I need your contact information, your address and phone number so I can check with you to see if you receive the catalog. Email me, text me, or give me a call so I can get your personal copy in the mail to you right away! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Price Increases Coming with New Catalog!

Stampin’ Up! notified us they’ll be increasing the prices on a few things in the new catalog. The following items will be increasing in price beginning on 1 June:

§  8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock packs of 24 sheets will be $8 per pack

§  8-1/2″ x 11″ mixed color card stock packs of 20 sheets will be $8 per pack

§  12″ x 12″ mixed color card stock packs of 20 sheets will be $11 per pack

§  12″ x 12″ Basic Black and Whisper White card stock will be $7 per pack

§  6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stacks will be $10 per pack

§  8-1/2″ x 11″ White Vellum will be $8 per pack

§  8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stock packs will be $9 per pack

Bundle pricing will be changing as well. Here are the details for the bundles beginning on 1 June:

§  Bundles will no longer carryover outside the life of the publication. Once the sales period ends for the catalog, the bundle will no longer be available at its special pricing, even if the components of the bundle are still available.

§  Bundles will now be offered at a 10% discount.

But – the good news is you’ve got plenty of time to pick up those last few bundles that you’re wanting (at the 15% discount!) and stock up on card stock in all of the colors before the prices increase in June!

I just wanted to give you a heads up! Shop now as the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog begins June 1.

Moroccan Nights Birthday Card

Moroccan Nights BD card

I recently took of the job of SUDSOL Design Challenge coordinator. SUDSOL is a Yahoo group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators designed to provide support, information, inspiration, and challenges to demonstrators. I particularly enjoy the group as I have no support from those demonstrators who are in my upline.

This week’s challenge is to create a card using the Moroccan Nights stamp set we were given at OnStage Live. I found very few samples of this set on Pinterest as this is a new set that is in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

This card was indeed a challenge! I started out with the bottom border in mind. I used a stamp aligner to stamp the border. The first two rows turned out well. The third one…not so great so I put a couple layers of  the copper dotted Affectionately Yours Designer Washi tape over it. Then I had planned to stamp one of the hanging lamps from the stamp set on the left side above the border. However, the greeting really needed something besides white space behind it. I stamped 1/4 of the medallion on each corner. Now the card was beginning to work. But…I got a ghost image from the rubber on one side and had to either start all over or figure out a way to cover the mistake up. That’s when I decided to stamp the medallion in the center as well. The colors used in this card are two of the new In Colors, Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum. I used two new stamp sets as well, Moroccan Nights and Birthday Banners.

I love the way the medallion scallops turned out and will use this idea again on another card. There you have it…the evolution of this card.

There are only two more weeks before we can order from the new catalog. If you would like a free one, contact me! I love giving them away!

Stampin’ Up! Craft Scissors Going Bye Bye!

photo of Stampin' Up! craft scissors

Heads up readers! The wonderful Stampin’ Up! Craft Scissors are being retired the end of May! These are really the best scissors for cutting ribbon and I will continue to use them for that purpose. If you don’t have a pair of your own, buy them now while there is still a supply of them!

Here are the current retiring lists (as supplies run out, the list will change):

Retiring List Annual Occasions_NA_US (pdf)

Saying Goodby to Some Favorites

Retirement list banner

To make room in the warehouse for new stamps and accessories, Stampin’ Up! retires some things each May. The retirement list is out but you must check it often because things sell out often. Yes, there are even some items on sale up to 50% off! Here is a link to the initial retirement list in both pdf and excel form. Print it out, mark your catalog as to what is retiring, what is on sale, and then quickly go to my online store to place your order so you are sure to get those things you have had on your wish list.

Retiring List Annual Occasions_NA_US

Retiring List Annual Occasions_NA_US

Now, my most favorite thing to retire is the Mossy Meadow color. It is one of the 2014-2016 In Colors. I am going to be sure to order another reinker and more cardstock before they are sold out.

Also, remember this darling Easter basket I posted here? Here is another version of it.

White Easter Berry Basket with sponged woodgrain embossing

It is made with the Berry Basket die (137366) which is on the retirement list. All the Bigz L dies are being retired and only thinlits and framelits are being offered in the new catalog. They have actually redesigned the standard Big Shot platform to be slightly raised in the center because many of our Big Shots are getting old and have less pressure in the center. By being slightly raised, the intricate dies will cut perfectly. You can order the supplies used in this project by clicking on the images below.

One last word of caution, all the bundles from the Annual and Occasions catalogs will be retiring so check them out and get the 15% reduced price now!

Hello from OnStage Live

Photo of me, Ruthie and Michelle at OnStage Live

We are here in Salt Lake City for OnStage Live. Michelle Montague, Ruthie Burkey and I have been convention roommates for the last 6 years and it is wonderful to be rooming together once again.

OnStage Live is the Stampin’ Up! event where the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog is revealed to demonstrators. It is so exciting to get the new catalog in our hands. We spent last night pouring over the catalog noticing all the little details in the stamp sets and wonderful samples in the catalog and are back at it this morning. You will love this catalog!

Another great thing about Stampin’ Up! events like OnStage Live and OnStage Local is meeting the demonstrators you visit with online. I have known some of my online friends for many years and it is so exciting to see them in person at Stampin’ Up! events.

Now…I would love to have had you here with me in Salt Lake City. All you have to do is to join my team of demonstrators. Some of the advantages for you are:

  • Being able to attend OnStage events and earn incentive trips.
  • Having a network of fellow demonstrators spread across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
  • Owning your own business where you can set your work hours to mesh with family responsibilities.
  • Being able to determine how much you will earn to give you extra income.
  • Having my warmth and patient support as you build your business.
  • Getting a 20 – 25% discount on Stampin’ Up! supplies and stamps.

If this sounds like something you would like to do or even if you just want to be a demonstrator to get the discount, give me a call and visit my Stampin’ Up! website for more information. I would love to have you join me!